Gershom Scholem stands out among them for the richness and power of his A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, Sabbatai Ṣevi. Gershom Scholem stands out among them for the richness and power of his A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, Sabbatai Sevi. Gershom Scholem stands out among modern thinkers for the richness and power of his historical imagination. A work widely esteemed as his magnum opus.

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This clear tendency to antinomianism was, however, again accepted by the majority as within their understanding of the character and function of a messiah. Gerhsom, I also think that Marxism need not be synonymous with its most doctrinaire and reductionist versions. Princeton University Press Amazon.

Bollingen also supported R. See the other authors section. Strangely some followers still believe he is the messiah and eventually a small new religion Donmeh is formed. Account Options Sign in.

VI The spread of Lurianic kabbalah until Sabbatai thanks to his strange behavior woulld bee forced to leave Smyrna and he would end up travelling to Salonika, Constantinople, back to Smyrna, the Holyland Egypt and back to the Holyland.


Books by Gershom Scholem. In the s, Scholem’s scholarship turned to an obscure kabbalist rabbi of seventeenth-century Turkey, Sabbatai? Here there was considerable misunderstanding. In on Yom Kippur Jul 07, Smoothw rated it really liked it Sabbtaai to Smoothw by: A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, “Sabbatai?

Any trend that made use of Jewish concepts and that did not seek to turn sabhatai away from Judaism as, for example, Christianity did was part of the whirlpool that formed the historical reality of Judaism, showing its vitality by the ceaseless opposition, conflict, and ebb and flow of ideas. A Bollingen Foundation grant enabled Scholem to complete the original Hebrew edition of his biography in Want to Read saving….

Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676

Rodrigo Bauler rated it it was amazing Feb 28, He was accused of glorifying sabbztai, and also of exaggerating its part in the fundamental thought of the Kabbalah. It is widely esteemed as one of Scholem’s masterworks.

At one point he refers dismissively to the 20th century prejudice of reducing everything to social phenomena.

He learned Hebrew and studied Kabbalah, the world of mystical teachings that had become marginalized–indeed stigmatized–within the mainstream rationalist Jewish tradition. To ask other readers questions about Sabbatai Seviplease sign up. Born in Berlin inScholem The whole Torah was regarded as abrogated, or at most as in force only until the expected return of the messiah.


The legend of the great actor and impostor, and the legend of the elect whose mission ended in failure, together form the legend of Seiv Sevi as it lives in sevo memory of the Jewish people.

Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, by Gershom Scholem

Beth rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Bollingen also supported R. The Sabbatian movement ended in utter bathos. V Nehemiah Kohen and his visit to Sabbatai Sevi.

A faith based on this destructive paradox has lost its innocence. Wabbatai Mystical Messiah, However, in his case it’s diluted and complicated by other intellectual sources, chiefly Marxism.

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